Thursday, January 14, 2021

A Splendid Ruin by Megan Chance



“This is a spellbinding page-turner of a book.” —Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale.

A mesmerizing novel of dark family secrets and a young woman’s rise and revenge set against the backdrop of the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

The eve of destruction. After her mother’s death, penniless May Kimble lives a lonely life until an aunt she didn’t know existed summons her to San Francisco. There she’s welcomed into the wealthy Sullivan family and their social circle.

Initially overwhelmed by the opulence of her new life, May soon senses that dark mysteries lurk in the shadows of the Sullivan mansion. Her glamorous cousin often disappears in the night. Her aunt wanders about in a laudanum fog. And a maid keeps hinting that May is in danger. Trapped by betrayal, madness, and murder, May stands to lose everything, including her freedom, at the hands of those she trusts most.

Then, on an early April morning, San Francisco comes tumbling down. Out of the smoldering ruins, May embarks on a harrowing road to reclaim what is hers. This tragic twist of fate, along with the help of an intrepid and charismatic journalist, puts vengeance within May’s reach. But will she take it?


When I seen this advertised on Facebook and what it was about I knew I wanted to read it. I finally found it on Netgalley.
There are some sexual scenes so I skipped over those but other than that it was a fantastic read! I finished it in one night. I couldn't help myself. I just had to keep turning the pages until the story was done!
The author did such a good jib that I felt the earthquake and "heard" the noise that it makes. I could just imagine the destruction. I'm like wow!
I'm truly amazed with May. She's my heroine. I felt her pain and it broke my heart. But, despite all the things she's been through let's just say that I found myself rooting and cheering for her.
Some if the things that were going on in this book I felt the injustice of it and I felt God at work here even tho He wasn't mentioned.
He works in mysterious ways.
A book well written that left my heart feeling full and satisfied and still thinking about these characters long after the story is over..
5 stars for this amazing story.
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.


Megan Chance is the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of several novels. Booklist calls her writing “Provocative and haunting.” Her books have been chosen by Amazon's Book of the Month, Borders Original Voices and IndieNext. A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Visit her at 

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